Orange County Court Orders Bentley to Repurchase Defective 'Lemon' Bentley

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On August 16, 2007, the Orange County Superior Court, Judge Jamoa Moberly presiding, ordered Bentley Motors to repurchase a defective 2001 Arnage "lemon" because of repeated and unresolved defects with the airbag light and system. The court's order followed an 8-day court trial. The plaintiff was represented by Robert F. Brennan, Esq. of Brennan, Wiener & Associates, widely regarded as the premiere "lemon law" and dealer fraud law firm in Southern California. Diamond Bar Imports v. Bentley Motors, Orange County Superior Court Case No. 05 CC 09996.

On August 16, 2007, following an eight-day trial, the Orange County Superior Court, Judge Jamoa Moberly presiding, ordered Bentley to repurchase a defective "lemon" 2001 Bentley Arnage from its owner, Matt Tachjdian. Mr. Tachjdian had brought the car into Bentley for repairs on seven occasions for repeated illuminations of the airbag light, and Bentley was completely unable to fix the defect.

Mr. Tachjdian was represented by Robert F. Brennan, Esq. of Brennan, Wiener & Associates in La Crescenta, Ca.

"Mr. Tachjdian purchased the Bentley for his wife for a Valentine's Day present," explains Mr. Brennan. "Almost from the start, the airbag light came on and Bentley was never able to repair the problem. Mr. Tachjdian brought the vehicle to Bentley's dealers on about seven occasions, and each time, they would get the light to turn off, but it would come back on within a few days or weeks."

Brennan explained the significance of the airbag light.

"The airbag light is a federally mandated monitoring system which tells the driver if the airbag system is operating properly. If the light is on, it means that there is a defect in the system and the airbag will not deploy properly or will deploy at the wrong times. Airbags deploy at 200 miles per hour, and if it deploys into someone's face, neck or chest when it's not supposed to, it's going to kill them or seriously injure them. So, the airbag light is a serious issue. However, in this trial, Bentley tried to downplay it and make it seem like it was not so serious. I could not believe that Bentley would pose this as a defense. Bentley's own owner's manual says that an airbag light illumination is a serious issue."

Mr. Tachjdian works in the automotive field so he knew the danger of continuing to drive with the airbag light on. His wife ultimately refused to drive in the vehicle out of fear for her own safety.

"My client paid $160,000 for the vehicle, and the court ordered Bentley to pay $153,000 for the repurchase, so we feel that justice has been served," states Brennan. Brennan also pointed out that the "lemon law" provides for the plaintiff's attorney's fees and costs to be paid by Bentley in the event of a plaintiff's verdict.

Brennan offers a few tips to consumers who have "lemon" vehicles. "Remember to always document your repair visits, and make sure the repair order shows exactly what you have described as the defect. In this case, as in many others, the repair tickets are missing or misworded, and this can make the case more difficult if you do have to go into litigation. When manufacturers see that the repair orders are all there and properly filled out, they're more likely to repurchase the car without a lawsuit. However, making sure that the repair orders are all there and are all complete is the consumer's responsibility. Don't count on the manufacturer or the dealer to give you good documentation to support your lemon law claim--you need to do it yourself."

About Brennan, Wiener & Associates: Brennan, Wiener & Associates of La Crescenta, Ca. is widely considered the best, smartest and most aggressive car dealer fraud, lemon law and wrongful credit damage law firm in greater Southern California. Its lawyers have over 40 years of experience and have received an "AV" rating, the highest possible rating, from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating agency. In 2006, the firm's founder, Robert F. Brennan, was honored by being selected as a 2006 Southern California "Superlawyer", an honor reserved for the top 5% of practicing attorneys in a given geographical area.

The case involved is Diamond Bar Imports v. Bentley Motors, Orange County Superior Court Case No. 05 CC 09996.

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